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About Emily Davenport, Head of Dairy Diary

Head of Dairy Diary; I'm passionate about producing high quality products that our customers will cherish. I'm also a mum of three and I enjoy cooking, walking, gardening and painting with my family, as well as printmaking (when I find the time!)

Make your own peanut butter for Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

How to make your own peanut butter for Peanut Butter Lover’s Month plus 3 perfectly peanuty recipes

The Incas and Aztecs (who we can also thank for chocolate) were the first to grind roasted peanuts into a paste but it was brought to mass-production in the USA by Kellogg’s (the cereal people), who patented peanut butter paste.

Surprisingly easy to make, you can create
your own peanut butter at home.

You only need three ingredients, a food processor and a jar to store it in (if it lasts that long!)

Peanut butter is SO versatile, you can use it in savoury dishes, such as a stir-fry or a soup. Or as a breakfast toast-topper, a sandwich filling or even use it to make an incredible dessert.

Here is a quick recipe for you to try, it’s palm oil free, contains no preservatives and is cheap to make!


Ingredients 
Plain, unroasted peanuts 300g (11oz)
Honey 1 tsp (or to taste)
Salt ½ tsp (or to taste)
Sesame oil 1½tsp

Method 

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6.

2 Spread peanuts on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

3 Blend nuts in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Using a spatula, scrape peanuts down from the side of the processor every minute or so. This should take 3-4 minutes.

4 Add honey, salt and oil, then blend for another minute. Taste and add more honey and salt, if necessary.

5 Spoon peanut butter into a sterilised jar. Store in the fridge and use within two weeks.

Cook’s tip: Add ½ tsp cocoa powder with honey, salt and oil for a chocolatey flavour.


Here are some of our favourite recipes using peanut butter, for #PeanutButterLoversMonth, including two BRAND NEW recipes from our fabulous cookbook More Taste & Less Waste (which makes a brilliant Christmas gift!).

Peanut-Butter-recipes

Peanut Butter & Popcorn Layer Cake 

Ice Box Caramel, Peanut & Banana Pies

Peanut Chocolate Slice & Bake Cookies

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Really Cute Conker Crafts

Whilst the children (and my husband!) adore collecting conkers, we end up with an annual stash that no one knows what to do with.

This year, we going to get creative and make conker creatures.

Materials
Conkers
Glue gun
Small twigs
White and black fine marker pens (Marabu Creative Colours)
Pink paper

Conker Bear
Drawn on eyes and feet
Glued on ears

Sleepy Conker Mouse
Curled up mouse asleep
Drawn on eyes
Glued on pink paper tail and ear

Conker Hedgehog
Upside down hedgehog
Drawn on spines and eyes

Conker Spider (great for Halloween decorations)
Twig legs with drawn-on eyes

Conker Bat
Paper wings and ears with drawn-on eyes.

Take a look at the new beautiful Notecards

Last year’s sold out!

We were so overwhelmed with joy at how quickly you snapped up the Notecard Set last year that we had to bring it back!

We are proud to present the beautiful new Notecard Set which contains:

  • 20 stunning notecards
  • four uplifting nature-inspired designs
  • envelopes and pretty co-ordinated stickers to seal your notes
  • pretty presentation box,  featuring the Dairy Diary 2022 cover image, with magnetic closure and ribbon

Your recipient will be delighted to open their card if you choose to buy them for yourself.

And maybe treat a friend to a whole set – it makes a lovely gift.

Discover what else is new for 2022 and browse through our amazing deals page!

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible

Mental Health Monday

Autumn Wellness Routine

Each year, Sunday 10 October is recognised as World Mental Health Day, and it has given us the inspiration to share a few of our suggestions for winding down, taking a step back from busy life and improving our mental health.

Call a loved one to chat

Talking to someone about your feelings or even just having a conversation regarding the weather can have excellent benefits to your mental health. It can change your perspective on things you might be worried about, or simply make you feel valued and confident.

Light your favourite candle, put on some music or read a book

Take time to just sit and relax – you know the best way to do this. It could be the above or it could be going for a bike ride. One of our favourites is imagining we’re somewhere else (we’ve had a lot of practice at this over the past year or so). Get comfortable, close your eyes and picture your happy place, imagine the smells and the sounds that you can remember and focus on each detail as you unwind.

Cook your favourite meal

We all have recipes that take us back to a simpler time, perhaps a childhood memory? Gather the ingredients and take a few moments to prepare all the ingredients mindfully. Clean up as you cook so there isn’t an overwhelming mess to tidy afterwards. Take a look at the recipe section for inspiration.

Last, but certainly not least – spend some time with your Dairy Diary.

It is proven that those who write their plans in a diary boost their memory, mindfulness and communication skills. Read through the fantastic features and browse the delicious recipes too.

Read more about maintaining good mental health, and order free resources from Mentalhealth.org

Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

The Most Sought-After Wall Planner in GB!

No kitchen is complete without one

I’ve no idea how many we have distributed – millions and millions – but the product that I see EVERWHERE is the Dairy Diary Wall Planner.

My wall planner is the perfect size for listing school/work activities. Quick notes referencing who has packed lunch/PE/dentist etc that I can read at a glance when barely awake first thing in the morning.

This iconic planner has been delivered by milkmen and women since the 1980s and has been a valuable tool in planning millions of families’ lives ever since.

This year’s wall planner features two gorgeous recipe images, including the Strawberry Waffles recipe below, and has 6-months to view on each side.

Two of these must-have planners can be yours for just £2.00 plus P&P!

Buy

Strawberry Waffles

They taste as good as they look!

This stunning recipe is available in the new cookbook, More Taste & Less Waste.

Emily Davenport
I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

What’s in Season: October

October is one of our favourite months

There are lots going on and the weather is getting colder, so it is a great time to look up all the fab ingredients that are in season this month – to use in some comforting, scrumptious recipes!

We’ve given you a long list of which fruit and vegetables are in season in October.


Vegetables
Beetroot. Cabbage. Broccoli. Celeriac. Celery. Carrots. Cauliflower. Chard. Chillies. Jerusalem artichokes. Kale. Leeks. Marrow. Mushrooms. Onions and shallots. Pak choi. Parsnips. Potatoes. Rocket. Spinach. Swede and turnip. Winter squash and pumpkins.


Fruit
Apples. Pears. Quince. Autumn-fruiting raspberries.


Don’t forget to jot some of your favourites down in your Dairy Diary Set notebook which is back-by-popular-demand! And look out for them in your local farm shop or supermarket…

Of course, Apple Day is the most popular seasonal ‘foodie day’ on our calendar this month

Visit our When Is Apple Day? page for more information on this historical day and a delicious apple recipe.

And here are some more of our favourites using delicious seasonal produce.

Leek Bacon Roly Poly and Pinkerton Pear Sponge are from the spectacular Around Britain cookbook, which allows you to travel though the British Isles and explore many of its regional culinary delights!

Comprising not just triple-tested recipes, but local information and interesting facts.

Why not take a look and discover the perfect gift!

You can also browse more seasonal ideas in our current collection: Gorgeous Autumn Recipes


Emily Davenport

I post regular blogs featuring food, family and fun. Ideas for days out, crafty makes, health and home, plus giveaways and, of course, delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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